April 03, 2014
Big growers from across the country definitely knew the way to San Jose in February. They traveled to the heart of Silicon Valley to participate in GPN’s seventh annual Big Grower Executive Summit. (See news item on page 8...
April 03, 2014
MLD: Petunias are in the news again, with Tobacco mosaic virus causing them to be stunted and to show dieback, yellow veins, leaf strapping and mosaic. The cases I’ve seen have been ugly. This is a harsh reminder that...
April 03, 2014
The infamous Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 movie “Wall Street,” said, “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.” Understanding that while commercial plant production and financial...
April 03, 2014
What are you doing to keep pests out of your greenhouses? Kansas State University professor and extension entomologist Raymond Cloyd says sanitation is the first line of defense in plant production and pest management. “Pest...
April 03, 2014
Last month, I discussed tips for vinca plug production. However, transplanting a healthy plug is just the first step in producing high-quality flowering vinca, as there are always challenges with nutrition deficiency,...
April 03, 2014
Ethylene (C2H4) is a colorless gaseous plant hormone with a sweet ether-like odor. It is active at very low concentrations in plants; the presence or absence of which will exhibit positive or negative effects on plant growth...
April 03, 2014
Many growers and landscapers successfully produce and utilize a number of mainstream warm season ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus and Panicum. There are several additional warm season grass species that have great...
April 03, 2014
Who says euphorbias have to be just for Christmas? Growers all over the world have been successful in promoting Suntory’s Princettia varieties outside the Christmas holiday season. Available in four gorgeous shades of pink...
April 03, 2014
Chlormequat chloride, the first plant growth retardant (PGR), was discovered in the late 1950s by Dr. N.E. Tolbert, a chemistry professor at Michigan State University. The first experiments were performed and published on...